Surgical Technology

Program Announcement

Surgical Technology applications for Fall 2016 program entry are no longer being accepted.
Central Processing Technology applications for Spring 2017 program entry are now being accepted.

Surgical Technology

The 33 credit-hour Surgical Technology Technical Certificate prepares students for employment in a variety of surgical settings. The program includes extensive classroom time as well as practical experience preparing surgical technologists for all major specialties in the operating room. Graduates of the program should be able to recognize elements of good patient care and prioritize them before less important elements in the operating room; behave professionally in a stressful environment with demanding personalities while remaining calm and focused; and accurately plan for and perform duties of a surgical technologist in the scrub role in common surgical specialties.

Prospective students can read the Surgical Technology program links below, which include information about admission requirements, selection criteria, and program of study. The program is offered once a year beginning in August.

If you have questions regarding transferable college credits, prerequisites, or general education courses, please see the Records Office online, contact the Records office: 615-353-3218, or e-mail

Consumer Information: Gainful Employment Disclosures

Surgical Technology Gainful Employment Disclosures

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Employment in Surgical Technology

Career Possibilities
• Most surgical technologists work in hospital-based operating rooms.
• Surgical technologists may also work in dental and veterinary surgical settings.
• Some surgical technologists work for surgeons in a private capacity.
• Medical device manufacturers also employ surgical technologists for technical support and sales.

Employment and Salary Statistics

Bureau of Labor Statistics for Surgical Technologists
We recommend visiting the Bureau of Labor Statistics for more information on employment for surgical technologists, the nature of the work, job outlook, wages, related occupations and more.

NSCC Career Services Office
The Career Services Office provides career and employment information and services to students and graduates. Placement assistance is available to graduates and currently enrolled students seeking full- or part-time work.

Surgical Technology Program Admission Requirements

The Surgical Technology program is offered once a year, beginning in August and ending the following May.

Admission to the Surgical Technology program requires program application, interview, instructor permission, completed health and program documentation, background check and drug screening. Applicants must be 18 years of age at time of program acceptance.

NOTE: Prospective students will be required to provide a copy of a background check and drug screening. NSCC does not use the background check or drug screening as criteria for admission to the program. Background checks and drug screenings are required by clinical sites as a condition of participation. Students are required to participate in a variety of clinical experiences to successfully complete the program. For questions regarding the background check, please call 615-353-3708.

DEADLINES: The admission procedure outlined below must be completed no later than the end of June for fall program entry in August. However, selection for fall will begin in April.

The application process for the Surgical Technology program is as follows:

  1. Submit an Application for Admission to the Admissions department and turn in everything required to be admitted as a student at NSCC. Please be sure you provide everything Admissions needs from you or you will not be eligible for an interview for the Surgical Technology program.
  2. Submit a program application (found in the Application Packet link below) and a complete set of transcripts (high school and college) to the department secretary in office D-27 or fax it to 615-353-3608.
  3. You must have completed any required college-prep courses (as determined by placement test scores) before an interview will be granted. These courses include: MATH 0810, READ 0810, ENGL 0810 and any ESOL classes.
  4. The application process MUST be completed no later than the above stated deadlines. Incomplete applications may not be eligible for selection. Applications without attached transcripts will NOT be considered for selection.

Enrollment in classes with class numbers beginning in ‘SURG’ except 2310 and 1305 requires interview and instructor’s approval.

* Re-interview requires that the admission procedure be repeated by the deadline for the next class.

Surgical Technology Program Selection Criteria

Acceptance into the program will be based on:

  • Previous grade point average.
  • Interview score.
  • Successful completion of courses counting toward Surgical Technology program (see Curriculum link below) with a C (75) or higher.
  • Previous work in the medical field.
  • Tennessee residency is not a requirement for the program.

Surgical Technology Program Application Packet

Surgical Technology applications for Fall 2016 program entry are no longer being accepted. Prospective applicants for Fall 2017 program entry may see Admissions Requirements above for full admission procedure information.

Transcript Requirement for Surgical Technology Program Application
Provide an unofficial copy of all transcripts. This should include the following:
 ~ NSCC Transcripts (if applicable)
 ~ Previous College Transcripts (all colleges attended)
 ~ High School (If you have less than 30 college credit hours) or GED
This is a separate copy from what you sent to NSCC for admission to the college. Please do not contact Admissions or Records to make copies of previous college transcripts. It is the applicant's responsibility to request and provide copies when submitting their program application.

Surgical Technology Program Advising

Surgical Technology Technical Certificate
The Surgical Technology program is 33 credit-hour technical certificate. Seeing your advisor early in your academic path will help you take the courses that you need to complete your course of study in a timely manner. Find Your Advisor Online

General Technology A.A.S. Degree for Surgical Technology Students
The Surgical Technology Technical Certificate is designed so that a student can apply all of the required courses toward a Nashville State Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree in General Technology, Technical Concentration, for Surgical Technology students. Students planning to apply the certificate toward an AAS degree should consult his/her advisor about articulation options.
~ Advising Sheet for AAS Degree in General Technology for Surgical Technology Students (PDF)

Surgical Technology Program Class Schedule

Online Schedule
Please click on Dynamic Schedule to search for classes.

Surgical Technology Program Curriculum

The Surgical Technology program is a 33 credit-hour technical certificate. It consists of eight didactic courses (Medical Terminiology, Basic Anatomy/Physiology, Orient. to Surgical Technology, Surgical Pharmacology, Surg. Tech. & Patient Care I, Surg. Microbiology & Asepsis, Surgical Procedures I, Surgical Procedures II), one lab class (Surgical Patient Care II), and three courses that provide the student with clinical experience (Clinical Practicum I, Clinical Practicum II, and Clinical Practicum III).

BIOL 1000* Medical Terminology*
SURG 1304* Basic Anatomy/Physiology*
SURG 1102 Orient. to Surgical Technology
SURG 1305* Surgical Pharmacology*
SURG 1410 Surg. Tech. & Patient Care I
SURG 2310* Surg. Microbiology & Asepsis*
SURG 2420 Surgical Patient Care II
SURG 2321 Surgical Procedures I
SURG 2330 Surgical Procedures II
SURG 2103 Clinical Practicum I
SURG 2201 Clinical Practicum II
SURG 2302 Clinical Practicum III

* These courses count toward the Surgical Technology certificate and may be taken prior to acceptance into the program. TAKING THESE COURSES DOES NOT GUARANTEE ACCEPTANCE INTO THE PROGRAM.

Enrollment in classes with class numbers beginning in 'SURG' except 2310 and 1305 requires interview and instructor's approval.

Please see the NSCC Catalog for course descriptions and syllabi.

Surgical Technology Program Accreditation and Credentialing

The Surgical Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1362 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756

Accreditation Review Council on Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting
6 W. Dry Creek Circle, Suite #110
Littleton, CO 80120
Fax: 303-741-3655

Students successfully completing the program will be eligible to sit for the Surgical Technologists Certifying Exam and receive certification from the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (formerly LCC-ST).

For more information on the field of Surgical Technology, please visit the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) website.

NSCC Surgical Technology Program Goal Statement
The Surgical Technology program is an educational experience that produces competent entry-level surgical technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains and prepares them to successfully complete the National Certification Exam. The program provides the qualified and motivated applicant with experiences in a learner-centered environment that is supportive and responsive to their individual needs. Learning experiences are facilitated by qualified faculty and/or preceptors and are designed to help the student learn to independently apply sound theory to practice.

Contact Information: Van Bates 615-353-3708, Office: D-30, E-mail:

Surgical Technology Program Outcomes Assessment Exam Pass Rate

The Nashville State Community College Surgical Technology program's pass rate on the NBSTSA National Certification Exam from our most recent Annual Report is 93%.

Contact Information

Program Office: 615-353-3708
D Building, Suite D-27
Fax: 615-353-3608

Campus Directory


Technical Certificate Advising Sheet
Surgical Technology Program

Technical Certificate Fact Sheet
Surgical Technology Program

Catalog and Class Schedule

See NSCC Catalog for program requirements, recommended schedules, course descriptions and syllabi.

See Class Schedule for course availability.

NSCC Career Services

The college has a very active Career Services Office that assists students, graduates and alumni with their career and employment needs.

Anthony, Surgical Technology

Nashville State is the best choice because it offers a variety of courses at reasonable prices. I enjoy working in smaller class sizes, because I can focus much better on my tasks.

Anthony, Surgical Technology

Cheyenne, Pre-Health Profession

In Dickson, I can take all of my basic classes and get them out of the way. In the smaller classes, I can get help from the instructors so much faster than in larger ones.

Cheyenne, Pre-Health Profession

Christopher, Pre-Nursing

The lower tuition has helped me a lot. I don’t have to work on the job as much, so I am able to focus more on school.

Christopher, Pre-Nursing

Eva, Pre-Nursing

The Southeast campus has given me the opportunity of a lifetime, which I will cherish for the rest of my life. I have been given a chance for higher education and to be successful in life.

Eva, Pre-Nursing

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